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"After a couple of years of celebrating apart because of the pandemic, and also for having just lived through another rancorous national election, we all could use the joy and hope and anticipation that is promised us in Christmas, in the birth of a mighty little king born in a manger."
Faith briefs from area churches.
Thank God, He doesn't command us to feel grateful at all times, but something far more achievable: to give thanks.
"I like that we are still discovering creatures previously unknown to us even though we are supposedly firmly into our golden scientific age. It’s a good and humbling reminder of our place in the order of things. ... I marvel at a God who would create us in his image, but still take the time to fashion the prehistoric-looking conger eel — it’s real, look it up! — for purposes I will never comprehend."
The apostle Paul writes: "I can do all things through him who strengthens me" (Philippians 4:13).
Even a pastor needs divine reassurance every once in a while.

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Faith briefs from area churches.
This is a time of year to remember those who have gone on before us.
"(I)n the Lutheran tradition ... We believe all believers are one big collection of saints, and we especially are grateful for those saints who precede us in death and now guide us from the other side of eternity. The observance of All Saints Sunday is a venerable tradition that can evoke a lot of emotion."

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